The results were mixed.
Not all feelings will be mentioned because some said more than one, so the percents may not add to 100%.
The most common feeling would be worry. 55% of the people who took the survey said that they would be worried. I probably would be worried, but the option I would've picked on my survey would be "all of the above except for happy".
10% of the people said that they would be shocked.
Another 10% said that they would be in disbelief.
Five percent of people said that they would be distressed.
And somebody said "WAAAAHHH!" (This option was not in there, it was the "other" option, where you can write in the blank).
I had to put that in because it would be a common reaction to this (but not an emotion). I would probably be like that too.
Effects on parents
The most common feeling for a parent to feel if their child gets diagnosed with cancer is devastation. Anger, guilt, fear, denial, and sadness are also common feelings. It may be hard for the parent to process the diagnosis, and they will need to prepare for the impact that childhood cancer has on the family.
After a while, the parent will most likely help and support the child and the family throughout the process of the cancer and the treatments, and help them cope with their disease. A parent who seems under control and shows love will be the most supportive to the family.
Kids with cancer usually appreciate their parents more. The last words of a kid dying from cancer was about loving his parents.
"The boy, who had drug problems and had been alienated from his parents, took his mother's hand and told her: `You know, I never used to like you. But now I love you,’" says the New York Times.
A parent may feel many different emotions at many different times when a child has cancer, and that is totally okay. One day, a parent might be able to control their emotions, while other days they can't. "There is no right or wrong way to feel," says the Cancer Council Victoria.
Effects on siblings
Seeing a sibling in the hospital in pain can cause the siblings of the cancer patient to get scared. They could feel like they lost the special relationship between them and the sibling who has cancer. Feeling alone is also a common feeling.
Attention and jealousy
Because of all the attention that the child with cancer is getting, siblings may feel jealous and angry. They also may think that they are the cause of the child's cancer, which makes them feel guilty.